REVIEW: Taco Bell Big Cheez-It Tostada

NOTE: We also reviewed the Taco Bell Big Cheez-It Crunchwrap

In June 2022, a Taco Bell store in Irvine, California, made news by being a test store for two items centered around a giant Cheez-It cracker. Initially slated for a two-week run, the location sold out in six days due to demand. Now, two years later, Taco Bell is doing a nationwide rollout of the Big Cheez-It in its stores. The Taco Bell Big Cheez-It Tostada starts with the titular cracker as its base and is topped with familiar Taco Bell items: seasoned beef, lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and sour cream. They also offer a Big Cheez-It Crunchwrap Supreme that substitutes the standard tostada with the giant cheese cracker.

The presentation was a lot nicer than I’ve come to expect from my Taco Bell; it looked almost like the ad! I wanted to get a good idea of the size of the thing, so I went to pick it up. This was where one of its fatal flaws showed: it broke as I started to lift the 16x-sized Cheez-It.

No matter; I had a nice piece with all the toppings. Unlike the Doritos Locos taco, there was not a strong cheese smell as I brought it towards my face. My first bite was underwhelming. The standard Taco Bell flavors were there (seasoned meat, crunchy lettuce, wet tomatoes, salty cheese, and creamy sour cream), but the Cheez-It was almost non-existent. There was a slight crisp to the cracker, but sitting in a box with toppings was already causing it to soften.

I scraped the toppings off to try the cracker on its own. By itself, it tasted like a standard Cheez-It but milder. The cheeseiness felt muted, which was odd. I wondered if it lost some of its oomph because of the increase in size. Sort of like a Hass avocado versus a green avocado: Hass are smaller, so the flavor is much more concentrated. Knowing what flavor my taste buds were looking for, I went back to grab the remaining cracker, only for it to (once again) break.

Tasting it again with everything, I still struggled to notice the Cheez-It. I could taste it if I really focused on it, but it was too easily overwhelmed by the other ingredients. As for the texture, any crispiness I had in the first bite (which wasn’t much) was almost non-existent by the end.

The Taco Bell Big Cheez-It Tostada is a fun concept with disappointing execution. While the presentation was surprisingly good, the massive cracker shatters easily and loses its already muted flavor against the familiar, strong Taco Bell ingredients. I still enjoyed the taste, as I love that standard Taco Bell flavor profile, but the novelty of the giant Cheez-It wore off pretty quickly. It’s worth a try to say you tried it, but I doubt I’d get it a second time.

Purchased Price: $3.99
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 tostada) 230 calories, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 570 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.

10 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Big Cheez-It Tostada”

  1. The giant Cheez-it is merely a diaper to soak up the Taco Bell toppings, which is an apt description of what the eater will need if they can’t find a bathroom in time after consuming it.

    1. Giant Cheez-It or not, if somebody can’t eat one single fast food tostada without shitting their pants after, they probably have a gastrointestinal issue.

          1. It’s an extremely tired joke, and it literally isn’t “satirical” in any way. Not all jokes are satire. I’m not surprised that they don’t seem to know that, given the quality of their material.

            Frankly I’m just sick of people defending their hack material by saying “it’s just a joke/it’s just satire”.

        1. I don’t know what you think “satire” is. But there was nothing “satirical” about your played-out “Taco Bell causes diarrhea” joke. Maybe you should try out some fresher material.

          1. “Interesting how an oversized cracker would become soggy with moisture-laden fast food toppings, except for the corners!”

            “That is hilarious, my generational-adjacent chap! Great stuff! Shalt not make any jokes in our miserable Millennial/Gen Z existences brought on by Gen X and their scat fetishes!”

          2. Wow, you sure think about this a lot. Seems like your feelings got really hurt.

          3. To “Alex”, if you happen to see this (because I can’t respond to your comment directly) – it doesn’t take much thinking to recognize that their first joke was overdone, and literally wasn’t “satire”. Those are both surface-level observations.

            Also, I’m sorry that you evidently only “have thoughts” about things after “your feelings get really hurt”. But unlike you, I have a functioning brain, so it doesn’t take me much effort to respond to a comment on the internet.

  2. The Big Cheez-It by itself is a tasty cracker. Avoid the tostada and crunch wrap… and just buy the Big Cheez-It from the sides menu for $1.

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